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Our work to reduce pollution from metal mines will be spurred on by our new Tyne Mining Legacy Project Manager, Martin Colling. He will be working on projects to stop a tonne of Lead, Zinc & Cadmium entering the river each year.

Martin is an experienced hydrologist who will be focusing on the North Pennines where the primary objective is to halt erosion of heavy metal spoil heaps.

Martin says: “These heavy metals harm ecology and wildlife and are transported from the headwaters all the way downstream to the mouth of the Tyne, damaging the entire ecosystem of the river

“By stabilising the spoil heaps and stopping heavy metals entering the river in the first place we hope to avoid this and will improve water quality the length of the river.”

The project works in partnership with the Environment Agency and The Coal Authority.

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